Most Americans don’t care to live near family, survey says
Proximity to in-laws, parents or siblings isn't a factor for most homebuyers.
Americans consider many factors when buying a home: square footage, crime rate and school district to name a few. Proximity to family is less important.
MSN Living: Can you have it all without having kids?
According to a new Harris Interactive survey commissioned by Trulia, only 33 percent of adults with children say living close to family members is important. For adults without kids, it's even less important; only 29 percent of childless adults care to live near in-laws or parents.
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Deborah Carr, a sociology professor at Rutgers, told Marketwatch:
"Family members want intimacy at a distance. They want love and support from their kin, but they also want to maintain their independence and autonomy."
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I lost my parents at a very young age and my sister and brother moved out of state. I am married with two children and 4 grandchildren now and I really wish my kids and grandchildren knew my family better. I also wish that my kids knew my nieces and nephews better. I would love to be able to hug and kiss my siblings grandchildren too. We all keep in touch through the internet, but it is not the same. I miss family.
I live just about 2 miles from my sister, but because we are so different and I do not understand her behavior, which can be quite negative at times, I choose not to have much contact with her. I see her about 2 or 3 times a year total which is fine with me!
"The family is public enemy #1."
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When it comes to holiday giving, it's the thought that counts, which is why homemade gifts from kids are so treasured by their mothers. Children might not have money to spend on an expensive piece of jewelry or designer handbag, but they do have the time to DIY something special for their number one fan. If you're in charge of helping the little ones think of presents, check out the above list of homemade gifts for mom. From a custom vase to Instagram coasters to Warhol-inspired wall art, we have something for every taste and skill level.
At our household, we have a large, diverse collection of toys. While I’m not as uptight as my husband on what enters our kids’ toy chest, my husband must approve all toy acquisitions mostly because of aesthetics (appearance is important). In our search for functional and stylish toys, the sustainable ones often have the best design, and appeal to the visual and tactile senses or improve fine motor skills such as dexterity and hand coordination. Here are a few of our family favorites that intrigue and hold our little ones’ attention—and look good, too.
Worried that a violent video game might sneak its way into your shopping cart during the holidays? Before you make it to the register, make sure you're armed with all the information you need regarding your child's games. Just because your well-meaning thirteen-year-old promises you that the game he's about to buy with the gift card from Uncle Mike is totally chill, doesn't mean it's good for kids. Do your research ahead of time to avoid any game store drama. And have a chat with your offspring before the big day; let them know that you're going to have to green light their choices before they get their hearts set on any particular item. At the end of the day, you're just being a good parent. Some of the games on the market now may look OK at first glance, but are actually quite objectionable. Trust us: We've done our homework and we're here to give you the ultimate low-down. Check out this slideshow for all the games to steer clear of this season. Don't say we didn't warn you.
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’Tis the season to send out holiday greeting cards to all your friends and family. But, as our friends at Awkward Family Pet Photos know, not all holiday snapshots are the same. Some are just plain kooky — especially when pets are included. So with good tidings and great cheer, here are 10 wacky holiday animal portraits that are sure to make you laugh out loud and get you in the holiday spirit. And possibly make you think twice about dressing up the family cat this year.
King of the jungle? Nah, it's just a labradoodle!